Seasonal guide to Los Angeles

Whether it’s iconic Hollywood glamour or the freshest contemporary trends, Los Angeles has it on tap. From the exhibitions not to miss at LA’s leading galleries to exclusive seats at the city’s most coveted concerts and thrilling seasonal entertainment, our pick of the hottest tickets in town guarantees an up-to-the-minute experience of the City of Angels.

Until May 11, 2020

Open House: Gala Porras-Kim

The Open House series is a range of exhibitions created to celebrate the 40th birthday of MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art). The second in the series, Gala Porras-Kim’s work discusses accuracy, memory and records and examines how these themes intermingle with ideas such as inequality, colonialism and war. The impact of curators and other museum staff on their collections, is also explored in this brave, interpretation-focused exhibition.

MOCA
+1 213 626 6222
moca.org
Image © MOCA

Open House: Gala Porras-Kim
Julie Mehretu
Until May 17, 2020

Julie Mehretu

Taking visitors on a transcending visual voyage of colonialism, capitalism, unrest, diaspora, war and more, LACMA presents the first ever retrospective of Julie Mehretu. The Ethiopian-born, American artist is best known for her large-scale, abstract canvases and this survey includes 35 of Mehretu’s key paintings, in addition to 40 intricate works on paper.

LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © LACMA/Julie Mehretu

April 21 – July 26

Dora Maar

The combined strengths of the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and the J. Paul Getty Museum are liberating the legacy of Dora Maar from out of Picasso’s shadow. The early 20th-century painter and photographer’s work certainly holds its own against the Surrealist icons in this show, the most extensive Dora Maar retrospective ever held.

Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu
Image © Getty

Dora Maar
Yoshitomo Nara
Until August 2

Yoshitomo Nara

The conceptual process of one of Japan’s most beloved artists, Yoshitomo Nara, is the focus of LACMA’s staggering new exhibition. Works drawn from across 30 years of the visionary’s career, from never-before-seen sketches to Miss Forest, a 26-foot outdoor painted bronze sculpture, are on display to celebrate Nara’s passion, vision and unique humour.

LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036
+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © Yoshitomo Nara, LACMA

Until September 20

Hamilton

Don’t miss the chance to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s era-defining musical in its new Los Angeles run. Telling the story of America’s founding father through hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is a rightfully record-setting musical that has won countless accolades and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028
+1 800 982 2787
hollywoodpantages.com
Image © Joao Marcus

Hamilton
Pelléas et Mélisande
May 2 – 23

Pelléas et Mélisande

David McVicar’s production of Debussy’s sensual opera in five acts, Pelléas et Mélisande is singing its way onto the Los Angeles stage this May. First produced for audiences in 1902, the story is a timeless one, beginning deep in the forest with a hunter and a maiden, and surging forth relentlessly into forbidden love and heartbreak.

Los Angeles Music Center
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 972 8001
laopera.org
Image © Richard Campbell

May 7

Sunday in the Park with George

One of the greatest works of musical theatre, Sunday in the Park with George tells the story of Impressionist painter and champion of pointillism, Georges Seurat, as he completes his most famous work. Set to be a night to remember, this performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic is in celebration of Sondheim’s 90th birthday and conducted by none other than Gustavo Dudamel.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 323 850 2000
laphil.com

Sunday in the Park with George
Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins
Until July 27

Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins

Showcasing artifacts from a staggering three millennia of history, Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins shines a light on the achievements of the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians who once called the land “between the rivers” in modern-day Iraq home. An exceptional joint venture from The Getty and the Louvre, this exhibition is not to be missed.

The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu
Image © RMN Grand Palais Herve Lewandowski

May 16 – 17

Beverly Hills artSHOW

A favourite fixture on the spring calendar, the Beverly Hills artSHOW brings the works of over 240 artists to Santa Monica Boulevard for a two-day creative extravaganza. Everything from sculpture and photography to painting, ceramics and jewellery has a place here, with plenty of street food, drink and live music to make this a very entertaining weekend.

Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills 90210
+1 310 285 6830
beverlyhills.org
Image © Christopher Keith

Beverly Hills artSHOW
Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq
Until September 5, 2022

Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq

The epic relief sculptures – now priceless ancient treasures – carved to adorn the palaces of Assyrian kings in the first millennium BCE are on display at the Getty Villa, thanks to a collaboration with London’s British Museum. Part of a glorious empire-building tradition, the reliefs vividly show scenes of warfare, myth, rituals and Assyrian courtly life and mark a zenith of Mesopotamian art.

The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu
Image © The Trustees of the British Museum

Coming soon

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening

A spectacular Renzo Piano-designed tribute to the silver screen, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is scheduled to open its doors in early 2020. Film buffs who can clock a Kubrick from a Kramer can admire Hollywood’s most treasured relics—Dorothy’s red slippers included—with the Oscars Experience an apt nod to sheer star-studded glamour.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 310 247 3000
academymuseum.org
Image © A.M.P.A.S

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening